Hispanics Breaking Barriers – Alphabetical Index 3rd Series


The following list is an alphabetical index to the “Somos Primos” series “Hispanics Breaking Barriers” by Mercy Bautista-Olvera. Mercy sought out 5 Latinos who had lead the way in obtaining a position, historically, seldom or never held by a Latino. The biographies are inspiring, each filled with unique family history. These are current heroes, on the job now! Their agency of employment, plus place of birth have been included, to emphasize that as Latinos we are from all over the world and we are in fact, now, fulfilling leadership roles throughout the United States.   


 Name                       Title                             Where                      Place of birth           Somos Primos Issue                                                                                                                                      






Alcantara, Betsaida

Associate Administrator for the Office of Communications and Marketing at the U.S. General Services Administration


U.S. General Services Administration


Dominican Republic

October 2013






Artiles, Alfredo

President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

The White House

New York

October 2013

Auñón, Serena      



Second Hispanic woman to become a NASA astronaut

Houston, Texas

 Indianapolis, Indiana

November 2013

Cardona, Maria

Seasoned public policy advocate and political strategist. Cardona is a national political commentator, and is currently a CNN and CNN en Español




Bogota, Colombia (South America)

November 2013

Etevez, Alan

Principal Deputy under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Department of Defense


Department of Defense

Arlington, New Jersey

December 2013

Galvan, Judge Veronica

Judge of Des Moines Municipal Court

Des Moines, Washington

Bremerton, Washington

December 2013

Garcia, Sylvia I.

Texas State Senate, District 6


Palito Blanco, Texas (South Texas)

December 2013

Gonzales, Judge Kenneth John

Judge of the United States, District of New Mexico

New Mexico

Española, New Mexico

September 2013

González Noguera, Maria Cristina

First lady Michelle Obama’s Communications Director


The White House

San Juan, Puerto Rico

November 2013

Guerrero, Ana

Chief of Staff for Los Angles Mayor Eric Garcetti 

Los Angeles


October 2013

Herencia Robert R.

Member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation



Washington D.C.

Puerto Rico

December 213

Herrera, Juan Felipe

Poet Laureate of California


Fowler, California

October 2013

Lara, Ricardo

California Senate, 33rd District    

Los Angeles, California

East los Angeles, in California

September 2013

Martinez, Nury

Member of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) School


Los Angeles Unified School

San Fernando Valley,  

September 2013


Moniz, Ernest J.

United States Secretary of Energy.


Washington D.C.

Fall River, Massachusetts

December 2013

Perez, Leticia

Supervisor, 5th District, Central Valley in California

Central Valley, California

Bakersfield, California

September 2013

Pérez, V. Manuel

 Assembly member, District 56th and Assistant Majority Floor Leader of the California State Assembly


California 56th District

Indio, California

November 2013

Rendon, Dr. Anthony

California 63rd Assembly District

California Assembly

Whittier, California

September 2013

Toro, Guillermo del

 Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist


United States

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

November 2013

Van de Putte, Leticia R. San Miguel

Texas State Senator, 26th District, San Antonio and Bexar County

San Antonio, Texas

Tacoma, Washington

October 2013